Thursday, February 23, 2012

Library Participates in Far-Reaching Initiatives

For most people in town, the Ridgefield Library is their local destination for books and DVDs, assistance with homework or other information needs and educational and cultural programs for all ages.  But did you know that our Library has a role that reaches far beyond the boundaries of our town?

One example is the upcoming Astro4Girls and their Families program using the MicroObservatory Online Telescope Network operated by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (a pilot collaboration among NASA-funded Astrophysics education and public outreach programs and the American Library Association Public Programs Office). This project uses a remotely controlled telescope as well as more down-to-earth technologies such as Skype to connect our young people with prominent scientists and their work.
A second project of note is “Advancing Creative Thinking: Imagination to Innovation,” a two-day conference on April 27 and 28 organized by the Library, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Arts Council, with media sponsor The Morris Media Group.  Speakers and participants from around the world will convene in Ridgefield to explore the imagination and innovation which are at the heart of the creative process in every discipline, from the arts to education to business to government.
More about both of these projects can be found at

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